New recruit will play the Swans way

New Pompey loan signing Daniel Alfei
New Pompey loan signing Daniel Alfei

Pompey have landed a student from Swansea’s school of purist football in Daniel Alfei.

And the new defensive arrival will provide a pacy, forward-thinking option after inking a month’s loan deal at Fratton Park.

The 21-year-old is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for the League Two clash with Accrington Stanley tomorrow.

Pompey assistant manager Anthony Williams is confident he will prove an asset in his stint with the Blues.

He said: ‘Daniel can attack and he’s technically good.

‘You’ve seen that every player who plays at Swansea is technically good.

‘So, in terms of what we wanted to add to the squad and the way we want to play football, he gives us that.

‘He offers a bit of pace and will get forward if need be.

‘Defensively, he’s not bad and has played centre-half over the years.

‘He’s stepping up to senior football, though, and is maybe not as big as a centre-half should be.

‘His natural position is full-back.

‘So we’ll see but he’s at a stage where he needs to play first-team football and we will see the benefits of that.’

Williams knows Alfei after working with him on the international stage.

The Pompey assistant boss has held a post with Wales at various age-group levels, where Alfei has operated under his tutelage.

He believes the youngster will add a different dimension in the right-back area to what the Blues currenly have.

Williams said: ‘You can’t put round pegs into square holes.

‘If we haven’t got players who attack we need to play a different way.

‘I’m not saying we are going to play a certain way but we need players who meet the criteria to do it.

‘There are different ways of playing football and we have to get the players to understand that.

‘But it’s nice to have a bit in the armoury if we want to go a certain way.

‘If you have the ability to tweak the team in the squad you can go several different ways.’

Alfei, who had a stint out on loan at Wrexham last season, travelled down to Pompey on New Year’s Day and linked up with the players yesterday.

Williams added: ‘He came up Wednesday night, introduced himself into the gym for the recovery session.

‘He knew Marcos Painter because he was a kid at Swansea, which helps.

‘So he’s going to have been around the place for a couple of days and will be able to settle in for the game at the weekend.’